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Wrightsville Beach to crack down on visitors parking in neighborhoods

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Don't expect much free parking at Wrightsville Beach this summer. Town leaders say starting Memorial Day, if you park in the residential parking district without a permit you're likely to get a ticket.

No parking signs are nothing new in Wrightsville Beach's Harbor Island neighborhood, but town leader say law enforcement will start paying more attention to parking violators.

Town Manager Bob Simpson says resident complaints led to the ordinance Aldermen passed last week.

Residents say visitors block their driveways and park in their lawns to avoid paying for parking.

People we spoke with looking for free parking say they'll just park elsewhere.

"What I'm going to have to start doing is probably farther up the road down by the park and just start making a longer walk, so it's still free just because there is very limited parking here," visitor Dan Schillaci said.

Town leaders say there is overflow parking by the museum, recreation area and in front of town hall. On peak weekends they will also open up the grassy area in front of the old fire station.

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The police need to treat everyone the same. It appears the locals can park anyway they want to. Half their car hanging out the drive way, blocking drives ways and half a pay spot. You will even see them put items in pay spots so no one can park there. However, I just get out and move the items to just piss them off. I have had them threaten me and I just laugh at them and tell them to call the police if they don't like it..

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No problem for fining those who park in residential parking spaces, but overall, this beach is increasingly unfriendly to visitors. I stay away from it year around.

So, just park anywhere...

You are getting a ticket anyway. Just park in whatever yard is closest to the beach.